Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Monash Passport categoryInternational Short Field Experience (Explore Program)
OfferedParkville Summer semester A 2013 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Simon Bell (Parkville); Dr Thet Thet Htar (Sunway)

Quota applies

This unit is quota restricted. Selection is merit-based and students must apply for this unit. For information please see http://www.pharm.monash.edu.au/students/undergrad/pac3532international-elective.html


During the international experience in pharmacy, the student, having already completed a community or hospital pharmacy placement in Australia, will explore some of the issues which influence pharmacy practice and which underpin the provision of health care generally, by completing a four week placement in at an international site, in one or more placement settings. The student will have the opportunity to compare and contrast health care provision in Australia with the situation in another country.

The student will seek opportunities to be involved in the everyday practice of
pharmacy. Some guidance will be provided by the unit coordinator, workbook and assessment tasks, but there will be freedom to pursue other activities under the supervision and guidance of an on-site preceptor. These activities may include, for example, educational and research activities.

Pharmacy practice is undergoing rapid change as healthcare systems adapt to a rapidly ageing population, and as health authorities battle to control costs associated with expensive medicines. Students will learn about the healthcare and social issues in their host country, and are strongly encouraged to participate in activities in the community during their time on the international pharmacy experience.


The aim of this international experience in pharmacy unit is to allow students to broaden their understanding of the practice of pharmacy in another country. A greater understanding will assist students to put the Australian 'scene' in perspective, and may serve to foster ideas of better ways to practise as a pharmacist.

At the end of this placement students will be expected to have developed:

  1. an understanding of:
    1. the health care system in their host country, with a particular emphasis on the roles of pharmacists
    2. the dispensing and counselling processes in the host country
    3. how the health care system and practice of pharmacy in the host country compares with that in Australia

  1. an ability to:
    1. provide primary health care in the context of the health care system in the host country
    2. provide comprehensive patient-centred care
    3. dispense prescriptions

  1. an appreciation of:
    1. the strengths and weaknesses of pharmacy practice in the host country
    2. the need to apply organisational skills in the practice of pharmacy.


The work experience will be assessed by preceptor report (10%), activity and reflective journal (40%), a written assignment (30%) and an oral presentation to peers (20%).

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Contact hours

The student will be required to complete a practice experience for four weeks in a suitable international practice site(s) under the supervision of an on-site preceptor(s). The student will undertake directed learning, complete a workbook and reflective diary, undertake assignments and give a presentation to other students and staff on their return.


PAC3362 Context for Practice 2

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